Absa Premiership

Pitso wary of CAF challenge

2015-05-08 08:06
Pitso Mosimane (Supplied)

Cape Town - Pitso Mosimane insists he is thrilled to be guaranteed CAF Champions League football for next season, but knows it will once again push Mamelodi Sundowns to the limits.

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The Brazilians made mathematically sure of second place in the Premiership following Wednesday's 2-1 win over Tshwane rivals SuperSport United, earning their place in next year's continental showpiece.

However, this year's CAF campaign saw Sundowns dumped out at the first round after going down to African giants TP Mazembe 3-2 on aggregate, and Mosimane's men are expected to again face one of the continent's biggest clubs in 2016 due to the fact they will not be amongst the seeded teams.

"Lets be honest, the bigger one is the [CAF] Champions League. It is superior and more prestigious (compared to the CAF Confederations Cup," says Mosimane.

"But it's difficult. All eight teams that went to the group stages are going to be seeded next year," he added.

"They will not play against each other, and us small fishes will come in and meet the big fish.

"We met Mazembe early and they eliminated us, and so we need to break the barriers the way (Orlando) Pirates broke the barriers.

"We are meeting the big boys early that's why Chiefs met Raja [Casablanca] and we met Mazembe, but we have to beat all those people to break the barrier and then we also get a chance to be seeded, then you enjoy [the competition]."

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